The British Film Institute (BFI) has acquired the UK rights and the international sales rights for Patrick Keiller’s Robinson In Ruins.
The international sales rights will be represented by HanWay.
The film has its world premiere in competition of the Horizons (Orizzonti) section at Venice. It will then have its UK premiere at the BFI London Film Festival and also screen at the New York Film Festival and Vancouver Film Festival.
The BFI plans a UK theatrical release on Nov 19, with the DVD release following in 2011.
The film was shot in the South of England during the 2008 financial crisis. It shows striking images of landscapes combined with Vanessa Redgrave’s witty narration on the economy, climate changes and other issues.
The film was made with support of the Arts & Humanities Research Council, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the Royal College of Art and the BFI as part of an AHRC Landscape & Environment project The Future of Landscape and the Moving Image.
Jane Giles, head of content at BFI, said: “Patrick Keiller is one of the most intellectually exciting filmmakers in Britain today. The BFI is proud to be releasing his dazzling follow-up to London (1992) and Robinson in Space (1997), both of which were co-produced and distributed by the BFI. Robinson in Ruins uncovers hidden history and makes us see the world around us afresh. It is truly a film for our times.”
Keith Griffiths, the film’s executive producer, added: “I am delighted that finally, after all these years, Robinson rides again. I am sure audiences will enjoy this new feature as much as they did London and Robinson in Space”.